7 Best Restaurants In The BVI

7 Best restaurants in the BVI…. Eating your way around the islands on a Caribbean sailing charter

7 Best restaurants in the BVI…. Eating your way around the islands on a Caribbean sailing charter

When Brenda and I first started taking Yacht Vacations in the Virgin Islands, Caribbean sailing vacations were not focused on having great chefs on the yachts.  Instead the trips were built around the local restaurants and the characters that worked there.  The industry has moved away from eating off of the yachts, and there is more of a focus on the chefs during yacht charter vacations, but you can still find amazing food, and amazing characters on your sailing tours.  Below, I’ll take you on a typical seven night trip, with a focus on where to eat (and drink) for lunch and dinner.

Day 1.

Let’s start our first day at Norman Island, where you can be served a proper lunch and dinner, all in the same bay… and, Norman Island is the perfect first day and night stop on any Caribbean sailing adventure anyway.  Lunch is on the infamous Willy T floating bar and restaurant.  Try their Honey Stung Chicken 

Crispy Caribbean Style Fried Chicken.  It is amazing.  Dinner is at the Pirate Byte Restaurant at the end of the bay.   In particular, try their Pan Seared Halibut
Served Creole-Style w/ SauteedMushrooms,Tomato and Spinach

Day 2.

Of your yacht holiday and, we are off first for Cooper Island beach bar.  After an amazing snorkel in the bay, try Cooper island’s Buljol Flaked Saltfish, served with Tomato Salsa and Fried Breadfruit.  Finish day two of your Caribbean sailing charter anchored off of Coca Maya where I recommend their famous Twice Cooked Pork Belly served with  rice cakes/spicy black bean garlic sauce/leeks/peppers/bacon

Day 3

Of your sailing tour will take you to Virgin Gorda’s north sound.  Lunch requires a little work, as you need to take a taxi to the top of the mountain.  The only thing better than the lunch served at Hog Heaven is the amazing views of the North Sound from the highest peak on Virgin Gorda.  Order anything on the menu, and enjoy a really cold beer.  Dinner should come at Saba Rock.  Saba rock is reopening, having been closed since hurricane Irma.  “what” you eat here is not nearly as important as just being here.  This location is one of a kind and one of the most unique resturants in the world.

Day 4

Of your BVI yacht charter takes you to the flat island, Anegada.  Lunch should be at one of the world’s great beach bars… cow wreck bar.  And, for me, the choice is easy… they have the best mahi sandwich I’ve ever tasted.  Dinner on anegada brings a ton of choices, but to me, they are all the same.  That is, except for the Wonky Dog, which clearly separates from the rest.  Anegada is all about the lobster, so do not miss Wonky Dog’s 1/2 Jerk Mango Coconut Lobstercoconut milk, jerk seasoning, mango chutney crust

Day 5

Takes you on a long down wind sail to Cane Garden Bay… Jimmy Buffet’s “one particular harbor”.  This cool Caribbean town has many food choices, but for me, lunch has to be in the “tree house” restaurant, previously known as Myetts… now Pussers.  They have the best coconut calamari I’ve ever had.  Dinner is easy.  Quito’s gazebo is the place to be.  Listen to Quito play accustic guitar while you enjoy their pan seared trio, Fresh Sea Scallops, Atlantic cod and, Shrimp are pan seared in garlic, olive oil, white wine and herbs, served with potatoes and broccoli. 

Day 6

And the last day in the BVI has to be spent on Jost Van Dyke to make the BVI sailing holiday complete.  Lunch at White Bay’s famous Soggy Dollar Bar is a must, and I’ve saved the quintessential BVI lunch for last.  I love the chicken roti at Soggy Dollar Bar!.  Dinner has to be at Foxy Callwood’s bar.  It is certainly not fancy, but their bbq, which encludes Mahi, Ribs and Chicken and a ton of fresh fruits and vegetables, and is always followed by dancing and live music.

Day 7,

And sadly your Caribbean Sailing charter is nearing and end… but not before you explore the best restaurants the USVI has to offer.  Cruz Bay actually has too many choices to pick one, but if I must, I’d say eat lunch at Tap and Still.  This is going to sound funny for a food post, but Tap and Still has the best (really, the absolute best) chicken wings and hamburgers in the world.  For dinner, I’d go with Morgan’s Mango.  This cool little tree house restaurant is amazing.  Try the POPPAS PICKAPEPPA RIB EYE STEAK inspired by JAMAICA –
14 ounce Rib Eye Steak marinated in Pickapeppa sauce & crushed peppercorns—grilled to order *Served with our unique Caribbean blend of a potato/yuca mash & fresh seasonal vegetables

Food and the resturants of the Virgin Islands are a huge part of the fun with any Caribbean sailing vacation.  These are my personal favorites, but I recommend you come down and try them all for yourself!

Few Other Recommendations:

North sound, leverick and saba rock

Cow wreck and lobblolly and

Cane garden bay, myetts and quitos

Soggy dollar and foxys

Cruz bay, morgan’s mango and tap and still

Top 5 Things To Consider When Choosing A Charter Boat To Rent For A Caribbean Sailing Vacation.

What Are The Top 5 Things To Consider When Choosing A Charter Boat To Rent For A Caribbean Sailing Vacation.

There is a wide range of boats to choose from when picking your sailing vacation home.  There are monohulls, catamarans, trimarans and motor yachts.  There are old boats and new boats.  There are smaller boats and larger boats.  And, for yacht vacations, there are yachts with crews and yachts without crews.  In my next blog post, I’m going to discuss, for boats with crews, what is more important, the crew or the boat.  But for this blog, I’d like to discuss the most important aspect of the yachts themselves, regardless of size, budget, crews or age.

So, in no particular order, and after running several hundred Caribbean sailing charters personally.

Here Are IYachtClub’s top 5 things to look for in your next charter yacht.

  1. Toys: On most Caribbean sailing holidays, guests spend about as much time in the water as they do on the yacht.  Toys are important.  Look for a boat that has lots of large mats.  Giant blow up animals are fun. SUP’s (stand up paddle boards) – Paddle boarding is awesome and easy.  Kayaking, particularly late in the day and early in the morning is fantastic.  All of those items,as well as snorkel gear, should be standard on any great charter boat.  So, look for a boat that has something “else”… something special.  Sub wings, foils, underwater scooters, snuba– these are all activities that you can’t do at home and all worth trying.There is perception by many that activities like tubing, water skiing, and wake boarding are important to the charter and that those activities will be much like the same activities on a lake back home.  All of this is false.   Yes, you can tube, ski and wakeboard for sure, but the chop keeps you from having the flat calm you get on a lake. The reality is that there are simply much better things to do.
  2. Dry Heads: I don’t know where this term came from, but it is so important.  Up until about 2008, and for many boats built after that, the shower and the toilet are in the same space.  Look for boats with showers in a separate space.  It sounds like such a simple thing, but the difference is huge and being able to keep the shower water in the “shower”, and away from everything else will make your week on a yacht charter much more enjoyable.
  3. “Real Toilets” (Electric) . This is sensitive topic for a blog, but don’t let anyone tell you that a manual (pump) toilet is as nice as a “real toilet” (electric) .  Even older boats can be upgraded.  Do NOT book a boat that requires you to manually pump the toilet.  For your next sailing tour, reserve a boat that requires the simple push of a button when your business is done.
  4. Décor: For your next Caribbean sailing adventure, look for a boat that suits your “style” –sleek, bright&contemporary  or something with a touch of old world charm…wood and traditional décor.Require your boat to have hardwoods, or any other solid surface floor as opposed to carpet.  If an older boat, has it been upfitted/updated recently? The look and feel of “new” will enhance the time you spend and show the care that has been given to the boat you select.  You want to feel welcome and at home in your home away from home.
  5. Spaces: Regardless of how many people you bring with you on your yacht holiday, and regardless of how much you like them, you are going to want multiple places to spread out during your vacation for some treasured quite time. All yachts have a traditional “cockpit” area, with seating and a table for dining.  Newer boats now come with Flybridges or a Sun Lounge – large second level spaces that are perfect when the boat is moving or at anchor.  The best boats also have forward sitting areas.  This could simply be bean bag chairs and  a trampoline, bow peak seating making you feel like King/Queen of the world, or more elaborate spaces with built in seating and shade.  One way or another, whether your group is 2 or 20 people, at some point you are going to want space.  Make sure the yacht you choose for your next sailboat trip has enough different spaces to create some privacy when needed.

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The Top Five Caribbean Sailing Vacations cocktails

Top Five Caribbean Cocktails Not To Miss On BVI Vacation

Bar hoping and partaking in the sundowner drinks is a big part of the fun when you take a yacht vacation.  Sometimes the drinking starts early and goes all day.  But, sometimes it starts about 5pm when the captain of your sailboat trips serves up on of the charter yachts specialty drinks. 

It is hard to spend a week on a Caribbean sailing holiday without trying or more of these famous concoctions…  iyachtclubs top five drinks to try on your next Caribbean sailing adventure. 

First Cocktail Is Painkiller

People argue about who invented it.  Some say it was Pussers.  Some say it was invented on the beaches of white bay at the soggy dollar bar.  But everyone agrees that a painkiller is awesome…. And simple to make.

Painkiller Recipe

  • 2 Oz Rum (you preference
  • 1 Oz Cream de Coconut (Coco Lopez)
  • 4 Oz Pineapple
  • 1 Oz Orange Juice

TIP: Pre-mix pineapple, Coco Lopez and OJ in an empty water jug and bring it to the beach. Serve over rum and ice. Shave nutmeg on top.  TIP #2, use a flavored rum, like from Cruzan… I particularly like Mango and Banana, but let your imagination run wild.

Second Cocktail Is Ting thing

A ting thing is equal parts amazing and amazingly easy.  Ting is a grapefruit soda that is sometimes difficult to find in some parts of the world.  Its citrus flavors mix well with rum and vodka, but when you mix it with gin, that is when the magic begins.  The floral nature of gin mixes perfectly with Ting, making it an easy to drink and refreshing addition to any sailboat trip.

Ting Thing Recipe

2 oz of Gin (your preference)

6 oz of Ting (the green one, not the pink one)


TIP.  Garnish this drink with a lime and drink it on the front of a catamaran on your next Caribbean sailing vacation

Third Cocktail Is Seabastians on the rocks

The next time you take a Caribbean sailing adventure, try to find your way to Apple Bay on Tortola.  There, you will find a boutique hotel and bar, called Seabastians by the Sea.  The place is nice.  The food is good.  But, their claim to fame is their blended rum.  Most who read this will think this is impossible, that that little bar, in the middle of nowhere, has the best blended rum in the world.  Those are are skeptical, take a yacht vacation in the Virgin Islands and try it.  I’m sure you will agree.

Seabastians on the rocks “recipe”

4 oz of Seabastians blended rum



TIP.  Be careful.  It taste a lot like southern sweet tea… but is 80 proof, and straight liquor. 

Fourth Cocktail Is Limin’ de coconut

Simple yet refreshing, this simple and wonderful drink is perfect on the trampoline of a catamaran on any yacht charter vacation.   Another fun-in-the-sun refresher, this one’s easy and hassle-free.

Limin’ de Coconut Recipe:

  • 1 1/2 oz. Light Rum
  • 1 1/2 oz Coconut Rum
  • 1 oz Roses Lime Juice
  • 1 oz Coco Lopez

Fifth Cocktail Is Coconut Margarita

Finally, I’d like to introduce to you the perfect margarita… the Coconut Margarita.  Like a Seabations on the rocks, this is one to be careful of.  This simple blend of 1800 coconut and limes is smooth going down, but can really rock your boat.  It makes a nice after dinner cocktail if Mexican is served during your Caribbean sailing vacation and is fast and simple to make.

Coconut Margarita Recipe

Mull one whole lime in a highball glass

Add ice

Fill glass with 1800 coconut


iYachtClub captains and chefs are amazing mixologist.  Their goal on any Caribbean sailing adventure is to introduce our guests to all kinds of new tastes and experiences.  Make sure you ask them for these, and any other specialty drinks they recommend on your next sailing holiday.